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By using this site, you signify your assent to these terms of use. If you do not agree to them, please do not use the site. User expressly acknowledges that use of this site is at user's sole risk.

Restrictions on Use of Materials

This website is operated and maintained by the California Energy Commission's (referred to as "Commission" herein) Media and Public Communications Office. No material or information from this site may be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted or distributed except as authorized in these terms of use, expressly authorized on the information or materials themselves, or approved in writing by the Commission.

Materials and information in this site are provided as a public service. Most of these materials and information were generated, compiled, or assembled at public expense and are freely available for public use consistent with the Public Records Act (California Government Code section 6250 et. seq.), provided you keep intact all copyright, trademark and other proprietary notices and credit the Commission when using these materials and information.

Some of the materials and information in this site, such as the Third Party Materials addressed below and select materials bearing a copyright notice, may not be used for any purpose. Use or modification of these materials or information for commercial or profit making purposes is prohibited and may violate the copyrights and/or other proprietary rights of the Commission or third parties. Questions concerning the use of materials and information in this site should be directed to the Commission's Webmaster and Supervisor of Web Development, at 916-654-4989 or via e-mail at:

For information about Website Privacy, please go to our Privacy Policy Section.

Third Party Materials

Some materials and information used in the Internet site were generated by third parties, who have consented to the Commission's use or placement of such materials on this site. These materials are owned by those parties. Use of these Third Party Materials for any purpose is prohibited. Persons seeking to use or modify Third Party Materials for any purpose should contact the owner of such materials directly.

These materials include icons and / or graphics used in links to another organizations' site, descriptions and some general content.

Disclaimer of Liability

The Commission shall not be held liable for any improper or incorrect use of the materials or information described and/or contained in this site and assumes no responsibility for user's use of them. In no event shall the Commission be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement or substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, statutory liability, strict liability or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of this site or materials and information herein, even if advised of the possibility of such damage. This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or injury, including but not limited to those caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of record, whether for breach of contract, tortious behavior, negligence or under any other cause of action.

Disclaimer of Warranties / Freedom from Computer Viruses /
Accuracy and Use of Information / Continuous Service

The materials in this site are provided "AS IS" and without warranties of any kind either express or implied. The Commission disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

The Commission does not warrant that the functions contained in the materials in this site will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that makes it available are free from viruses or other harmful components.

The Commission does not warrant or make any representations regarding the use or the results of the use of the materials or information in this site, or the accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability, or usefulness of any materials or information in this site. Changes may be periodically made to the content of materials or information in this site, and these changes may or may not be reflected in the materials or information as presented in the site. Additionally, due to the dynamic nature of the Internet, materials and information freely available one day may be restricted the next day, or removed and undiscoverable due to changes in the organization of menus, homepages or files.

If you have obtained materials or information claimed to be from the Commission, from a source other than the Commission or this site, be aware that electronic data can be altered subsequent to its original distribution. Also, data and information can quickly become out-of-date. It is recommended that careful attention be paid to the contents of any metadata associated with a file, and that the originator of the data or information be contacted with any questions regarding appropriate use. If you find any errors or omissions in the materials or information in this site, we encourage you to report them to the Commission Web Administrator (

Disclaimer of Endorsement

Reference in this site to any specific commercial product, process or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise, does not constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation or approval by the Commission.

Disclaimer for Hypertext Links

The Commission is not responsible for the contents of any off-site materials referenced. The user specifically acknowledges that the Commission is not liable for the defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of other users, links or third parties, and that the risk of injury from the foregoing rests entirely with the user.

Links from this site to other sites on the World Wide Web do not constitute an endorsement from the Commission. These links are provided for informational purposes only. It is the responsibility to the user to evaluate the content and usefulness of materials or information obtained from other sites.


To the extent permitted by applicable law, user agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless, the Commission or its directors, officers, employees and agents from and against all claims and expenses, including attorneys' fees, arising out of the user's use of this site or materials and information contained herein.

Choice of Law / Interpretation

These terms of use, including the legal disclaimers and indemnification, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. If any provision of these terms of use is declared unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from the other terms and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions. Venue for any actions arising from the use of this website shall be Sacramento County.

Use of the Seal and Logos of the California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission seal and the California Cash For Appliances logo may not be used without permission.

The seal is used by the Energy Commission to indicate official information and/or official Commission publications. If it is used by other entities, it could be construed as an endorsement of a product or process, and the Commission and the State of California cannot provide such endorsements. The seal should also not appear on any website other than ones hosted and maintained by the Commission.

The Energy Commission is aware of statements in marketing literature stating or implying Commission "approval" of products or services. The Energy Commission does not endorse, favor, or recommend any particular product or service. Moreover, California law states that:

"It is unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, or association that is a nongovernmental entity to... solicit the purchase of or payment for a product or means of a mailing, electronic message, or Internet website that contains a seal, insignia, trade or brand name, or any other term or symbol that reasonably could be interpreted or construed as implying any state or local government connection, approval, or endorsement...." -- California Business and Professions Code, Section 17533.6.

Occasionally, the Energy Commission's seal is used on websites, banners, or posters for workshops, meetings, or conferences where the Commission is a sponsor or co-sponsor. Or there may be another reason for the Commission seal to appear on project-related items. Those uses require approval by the Energy Commission's Media and Public Communications Office before a product is created. Draft versions of such documents will need to go through the approval/review and sign-off process.

If you have a question about the use of the Energy Commission seal, please contact the Media and Public Communications Office at 916-654-4989.


Pursuant to Government Code Section 11019.9, all departments and agencies of the State of California shall enact and maintain a permanent privacy policy, in adherence with the Information Practices Act of 1977 (Civil Code Section 1798 et seq.), that includes, but not necessarily limited to, the following principles:

  1. Personally identifiable information may only be obtained through lawful means.

  2. The purposes for which personally identifiable data are collected shall be specified at or prior to the time of collection, and any subsequent use of the data shall be limited to and consistent with the fulfillment of those purposes previously specified.

  3. Personal data may not be disclosed, made available, or otherwise used for a purpose other than those specified, except with the consent of the subject of the data, or as required by law or regulation.

  4. Personal data collected shall be relevant to the purpose for which it is needed.

  5. The general means by which personal data is protected against loss, unauthorized access, use, modification, or disclosure shall be posted, unless the disclosure of those general means would compromise legitimate agency objectives or law enforcement purposes.

Each department shall implement this privacy policy by:

Energy Commission Website Privacy

The California Energy Commission adheres to the above mentioned state laws relating to privacy. There is one page on our Cash For Appliances website where information may be collected that could be subject to the state's privacy laws and regulations:

  1. The Cash For Appliances Listserver -

Our listserver sign-up allows the public to subscribe to an automated e-mail list using LSoft ListServe software. The subscribers e-mail addresses are maintained by the webmaster, are kept confidential, and are not available to the public or for any other purposes other than for this program. The ListServer will be discontinued three months after this program concludes, and the e-mail list will be destroyed.

For other legal information about our website and its "Conditions of Use," please see the section above.